The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks region offers some of the most spectacular scenery in southern New Mexico, providing the backdrop for amazing cultural destinations including the petroglyph-lined canyons of the Sierra de las Uvas Mountains. The area is also vital habitat for bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, and mule deer and draws migrating birds from across North America.
Protecting the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks region is supported by nearly 3 out of 4 county residents and numerous stakeholders including tribal and government leaders, ranchers, faith leaders, sportsmen and conservationists. Despite this substantial local support and a broadly applauded bill introduced in the Senate by Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall, Congress has failed to pass legislation to protect this awe-inspiring landscape.
President Obama promised to “protect more of our pristine federal lands for future generations” in his 2014 State of the Union address, and in March, he signaled he was serious about it, adding the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands to the California Costal National Monument. Now is the time for the President to once again act on his pledge to protect our vital public lands in response to the wishes of local communities.
Urge President Obama to act and designate the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.
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Dear Mr. President,
Sincerely, [Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]